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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Apr 9, 2009 12:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: smoking or non smoking

In the back of my brain,I seem to recall Mark Twain saying quittin smokin was easy, he'd done it a hundred times. Last time I went to see the doc he asked me when I started smoking cigs. Eight years old when you could buy a packet of five Wild Wooly Woodbines for 10 1/2d old English pennies. About a nickel Stateside maybe.
As I sit here after several mugs of tea, smokin a rollup cigarette (not my first) I too resent the cost. We export it abroad and then buy it contraband in our own pubs, where it costs half the price of the store but because of the smokin ban you have to stand outside to have a cig. Ya see groups of grown men huddled in the doorways, in the winter, cos they can't smoke and drink a beer at the same time. The hourly rate of the minimum wage won't even buy ya two pints. Oh no I'm ranting again.
When we were kids, we used to collect cig packets. Yankee smokes were valued, Luckies, Camels, Pall Mall, Kent. In England my favourite was Passing Cloud, which I recall had a colour picture of the Laughing Cavalier on the front. Also liked Sweet Afton, with the Robbie Burns poem on the back.
These days I still like non-filter Players, Senior Service, Gitanes,Gauloise, Park Drive but usually smoke Golden Virginia. Take me back to Old Virginia. Used to work on a tobacco farm .
I consider Ohio my home state and as I drank my first tea of the day I was singin "no stems no seeds that you don't need.
Put that in yer pipe and smoke it.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Apr 9, 2009 7:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: smoking or non smoking

Here in St. Louis it's around 5 bucks a pack. For years I've smoked American Spirit roll-yer-own, pouches went for around $3.75, tins for around 12 bucks. Now pouches are about 8 bucks, tins something like 25-30 bucks. What other product can be taxed to double it's price in a day and people not go completely crazy? Try doing that to the poison sold at McDonald's and Burger King and see how well it goes over.

I'm basically quitting now myself. I can't smoke discount brands and otherwise cannot stand the flavor of anything but American Spirit. I'm currently filling a Dugout with American Spirit tobacco and taking one-hits. Yeah, it looks a little funny in public, but hey, that's what the things were made for in the first place, right?

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Poster: rastamon Date: Apr 9, 2009 7:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: smoking or non smoking

hmmmm...grow your own tobacco...problem resolved(?)

"they" do not want you to quit, it's too good a tax revenue.
wonder what Obama pays for cigs

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 10, 2009 11:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: smoking: only after you've done your part

Yeah, ironic that they "count" on huge funding stream for things to do with child health care and education via these taxes!

Think if we could tax masturbation for 12-22 yr old males...National Debt-Smedt.

We'd be rolling in it in no time.

Hmmm, if they shut down the forum, they could even add all of us to the revenue generating stream (pun intended).

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Poster: Jim F Date: Apr 9, 2009 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: smoking or non smoking

I've always wondered about that, how do you go about getting a tobacco plant to grow at home, are you even "legally" allowed? is it like having your own still or whatnot for alcohol?

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